Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund
Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund
Although the scientific and mathematical literacy of girls in Japan is higher than in other countries, few girls reportedly go on to pursue careers in science and engineering. The number of female researchers is particularly low in these two fields, which account for the majority of research jobs (see "White Paper on Gender Equality 2019," Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office). We established the Women in Science & Technology Fund because we are determined to enhance career education for female students wishing to enter Tokyo Tech, create a comfortable working environment for female researchers, and strengthen our support for the success of women.
It has been widely recognized in recent years that incorporating diverse perspectives is essential to the advancement of science and technology. Understanding and developing the values and ideas of others is what leads to innovation. Tokyo Tech is determined to nurture students from diverse backgrounds because they will become research leaders with diverse perspectives.
While we have seen many results from these efforts, the ratio of female students and researchers — a key element of diversity — remains below our expected level. The ratio of female students at Tokyo Tech has been stuck at the mid-10% range for the past several years. The ratio of female researchers, who serve as key role models to female students, has also not significantly increased. It now sits at 14.1%.
The Women in Science & Technology Fund is meant to support female students and researchers even more powerfully than before. The fund's uses include planning and holding events to convey the joys of science and engineering and the attractiveness of Tokyo Tech to female high school students; improving our institutional systems and facilities to increase the number of female researchers and reduce their turnover rate; and enhancing support in childcare and nursing care for Tokyo Tech people of all nationalities.
~ Tokyo Tech Takes the Initiative on Advancing Science and Technology through Diversity ~
We hope you will endorse this challenge and lend your support and cooperation to the Women in Science & Technology Fund.
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